Sleep: It Does the Body Good!
Powerful research continues to come out regarding the importance of sleep in relationship to weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, cognitive performance, food cravings and more! Insufficient sleep is much more damaging to health than most people realize. In our 24/7 society sleep is often sacrificed in the name of productivity but when you look at the research you are actually much less productive when you are not sleep deprived. For example, did you know that if you skip two hours of sleep for four consecutive nights, your brain performs no better than if you were legally drunk? The scary part is we are not very good at recognizing a decline in our own mental capabilities.
How much sleep do we need and how much are we getting? The National Institute of Health suggests that school-age children need at least 10 hours of sleep each night, teens need 9-10 hours and adults need 7-8 hours. Between 20 to 30 percent of Americans are getting less than 6 hours of sleep each night. That’s a heck of a lot of sleep deprived people roaming the streets!
Worried about not getting your ZZZs ?
- Use the Vida sleep tracker to keep track of the hours you sleep each night so that you can get a clear understanding of your sleep habits.
- If you are sleep deprived speak to your primary care provider to make sure there are no underlying issues or sleep disorders interfering with your sleep.
- Work with your Vida Health Coach to set some goals around improving your sleep habits.